Release Date - November 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021
When I was pregnant for the third time, my mom introduced me to Goldie Bear, Diane Mott Davidson, and the world of culinary mysteries. I've loved them ever since. The Starlight Mint Surprise Murder is new for me, though there seem to be many more books in the Christmas Cookies series.
Mel O'Rourke was injured on the job and is now in a new location with a brand new career. This former cop and her siblings bought an inn in a snowy mountain town, and Mel will become an innkeeper. Things get off to a hairy start when one of her guests turns up dead.
She's not delighted by the sheriff's announcement that he'll get there when he can. Roads are impassable, and it's up to Mel to keep the body in a freezer for now. As his death appears to be of natural causes, she's okay with waiting, but then another guest ends up dead. Again, it looks like an accident, but she's not convinced. As a former cop, her job skills have her diving into these deaths. Mel needs to know if a killer is staying at her inn and stop any additional casualties.
This novella is a light, quick read. I read a galley provided by Netgalley, and recipes were not included. Hopefully, they are for everyone else.
I enjoyed the main characters and the love triangle that's building. I hope the author has more, possibly longer, books up her sleeve. I'm eager to see what happens next.
Given my mood and the weather, The Starlight Mint Surprise Murder was precisely what I needed. It made me laugh periodically, and it also whets my appetite. I'm in the mood for holiday baking now, so I have Marla A. White to thank for that.
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